Heidi O'Donnell, of Camden, received the Scouter of the Year Award at Camp Bomazeen in Belgrade. More than 100 leaders from throughout the area gathered for both an awards night and to hear new information for the coming Scouting program year.

The Scouter of the Year Award is intended to recognize that one adult leader in the Kennebec Valley District (which includes the counties of Knox, Lincoln, Kennebec, Somerset and Franklin) who has exemplified the spirit of the adult volunteer in Scouting. This individual has selflessly given time, energy, and resources to help provide the youth in the district and their unit with the best Scouting program possible and worked toward the goal of developing positive character in tomorrow's leaders. The award was presented by District Commissioner Tammy Smith and District Chair Kelly Pillsbury.

Scouting leader Ed Weber said,  "Heidi is the committee chairperson for Troop 200 in Camden. In that capacity, she often camps with the troop. Heidi also served as a leader on the council contingents to the National Jamboree in 2017 and the World Jamboree in 2019. She very much believes in Scouting and shows her dedication in her actions."

O'Donnell started with Cub Scouts Pack 200 in 2011 and transitioned with her Cub Scout Den into Boy Scouts Troop 200, becoming the committee chair – a position she continues to hold. Heidi has also been a Girl Scout for 40 years and has been an active troop leader for Troop 1341 since 2011.

O'Donnell is currently working on completing her Woodbadge leadership training experience which began last Fall and will complete next March. Wood Badge is Scouting’s premier training course.

John Wood, veteran Scouter from Hope, said of O'Donnell, "Heidi has a lifelong commitment to the Scouting program from her youth as a Girl Scout to her present time with her family as her son and daughter are a testament to her dedication- both are in Scouting and close to their goals. She is  a dedicated teacher and I am very proud to be her friend."